Qantas has been undergoing some major restructuring lately due to huge losses. The most profitable aspect of their operations seem to be their flights to the US, given those routes still don’t see too much competition from other carriers.
As part of their efforts to improve profitability, Qantas actually added A380 service to Dallas, by cutting A380 service to Hong Kong and retiming their flight between Melbourne and London to create less ground time at Heathrow.
It seems that the international restructuring is continuing, both in terms of tightening up the schedule and in terms of adding more routes and frequencies. The changes include the following:
More service from Melbourne to Los Angeles
Qantas presently offers A380 service between Melbourne and Los Angeles, which operates with the following schedule:
QF93 Melbourne to Los Angeles departing 11:55AM arriving 7:10AM
QF94 Los Angeles to Melbourne departing 10:50PM arriving 9:40AM (+2 days)
They’ll be adding additional 3x weekly frequencies on the route as of January 21, 2014, with the following schedule:
QF95 Melbourne to Los Angeles departing 5:45PM arriving 3:00PM
QF96 Los Angeles to Melbourne departing 8:30PM arriving 5:00AM (+2 days)
This is a nice afternoon alternative. It’s also operationally smart on the part of Qantas, since it limits the amount of ground time the plane has in Los Angeles.
This addition is probably because Virgin Australia cut service on the route, after United announced they’d launch 787 service between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
Qantas Sydney to Los Angeles flights being retimed
Qantas presently operates two daily frequencies between Sydney and Los Angeles.
The earlier flight is operated by a 747, with the following schedule:
QF107 Sydney to Los Angeles departing 11:55AM arriving 6:30AM
QF108 Los Angeles to Sydney departing 11:55PM arriving 9:35AM (+2 days)
Meanwhile the later flight is operated by an A380, with the following schedule:
QF11 Sydney to Los Angeles departing 3:00PM arriving 9:45AM
QF12 Los Angeles to Sydney departing 10:20PM arriving 8:20AM (+2 days)
As of February 1, 2014, Qantas will be changing around the departure times of these flights.
The A380 frequency will be switching to a morning departure out of Sydney, with the following schedule:
QF11 Sydney to Los Angeles departing 9:50AM arriving 6:30AM
QF12 Los Angeles to Sydney departing 10:05PM arriving 6:30AM (+2 days)
Meanwhile the 747 frequency will be switching to an afternoon departure out of Sydney, with the following schedule:
QF17 Sydney to Los Angeles departing 5:30PM arriving 2:10PM
QF18 Los Angeles to Sydney departing 11:50PM arriving 7:35AM (+2 days)
Qantas Los Angeles to New York flight being retimed
Qantas operates a connecting flight from Los Angeles to New York, which you can only book in conjunction with international travel. Currently this route is flown by the 747 operating the Sydney route, with the following schedule:
QF107 Los Angeles to New York departing 8:55AM arriving 5:05PM
QF108 New York to Los Angeles departing 6:35PM arriving 9:40PM
As of February 1, 2015, the flight will be operated by the 747 operating the Brisbane route, which means they’ll be tweaking the schedule slightly, as follows:
QF15 Los Angeles to New York departing 8:55AM arriving 5:50PM
QF16 New York to Los Angeles departing 6:45PM arriving 9:40PM
So they’re padding the flight time of Los Angeles to New York by 45 minutes, though also now claiming to make a 55 minute turn in New York.
Seriously, they’re going to turn a 747 at JFK in 55 minutes?
I think the implications here are to expect delays on the flights out of Los Angeles to Australia, because there’s no way Qantas can consistently run an on-time schedule with those kinds of turn times.
Bottom line on Qantas flight changes
In the grand scheme of things these aren’t especially significant, and I’m not seeing any extra award space.
That being said, I do find the degree to which Qantas is shuffling things to be quite interesting. It’s smart to reduce down time whenever possible, and I think they could take that even further if they wanted to. But I guess they’re already making money on their US routes, so don’t want to risk too much.